City bowing out of property line disputes

Got a boundary dispute with a neighbour? Don’t call City Hall.

Officers with Sarnia’s bylaw enforcement team are no longer responding to private boundary and property disputes, says the director of community development services.

In a recent staff report, Stacey Forfar said officers are routinely asked to intervene when homeowners disagree over fence lines and encroaching buildings.

But getting involved in private matters is time consuming for municipal staff and poses a legal risk to the city should a wrong decision be made, she said.

From now on, property owners with boundary beefs will be told to obtain private legal advice, pay for a land survey, or pursue a claim through a private title insurance provider.